The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kennebec (Propeller), U161178, 5 Apr 1901

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With a blowing of whistles the new steel steamer KENNEBEC, built by the Jenks Ship Building Company, was successfully launched this afternoon at 2 o'clock. One of the managers said it was the most successful launch ever undertaken by the company. Large crowds of people lined the banks on both sides of Black River. Chesbrough Bros. of Bay City, owners of the boat, watched the launch at a short distance on the tug HAYNES. The keel of the boat was laid September 1, and the boat would have been completed two weeks ago but for the recent fire which destroyed the workshops. Its dimensions are the same as those of the RAVENCRAIG... 257 over all x 43 x 26 with a capacity of 3,000 tons. A triple mexpansion engine made by the Jenks Ship Building Company will propell the steamer at a rate of 11 M. P. H. The cost of the boat is given as $160,000. The KENNEBEC is built similar to ocean steamers with the pilot house amidships. She will be commanded by Capt. C.M. Haight of Wyandotte.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, April 5, 1901

Steam screw KENNEBEC. U. S. No. 161178. Of 2,183 gross tons; 1,913 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1901. Home port, Marquette, Pa. 243.5 x 43.2 x 24.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1901

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Kennebec (Propeller), U161178, 5 Apr 1901